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tv   The Wombat Whisperer  Al Jazeera  May 17, 2019 12:32pm-1:01pm +03

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yes it can mean how about i thought my state that. does my name ask can i say. they. sent the demand side of that. in 2017 under pressure from the public the mexican attorney general's office launched a criminal investigation into the hacking of journalists and activists. this is the same agency that bought pegasus so far no one has been held accountable. earlier this year the mexican government claimed that it no longer uses pegasus. the 1st people to discover what pegasus is and does were researchers at citizen lab a digital rights group at the university of toronto. they investigate abuses of pegasus worldwide one of the biggest selling points of this stuff is that it's wickedly hard to find there's a cat and mouse game. they hide we seek they were able to associate the links that
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were sent to months or are sticky and are signed triana in many others within a so groups servers. the 1st time that we learn about pegasus about this or get in touch and says listen i think i'm being targeted again. what was special about it was different well this one caught our attention in part because it was about his mobile phone hacking and i phone is a much larger technical lift and we realized that we were looking at a chain of i phone 0 days so these are vulnerabilities that even apple didn't know about at the time they could be used to remotely in fact and penetrate that device and implant a piece of malware on it and they really got railton and his colleague bill maher check have investigated abuses of pegasus since 2016. they've identified pegasus infections in the network space of at least 40 by. countries u.k. u.a.e.
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yemen jordan libya kuwait no country has more reported cases of abuse to mexico or we can see here is the approximate locations ip addresses of infected devices the thing is we don't know how many devices are within any of these networks it could be one it could be 2. sided mexico because this has been implicated in other high profile cases. the new york times reported that it was used against the mirror of qatar in 2014 and then in 2017 the ex president of panama was arrested for using it against political rivals there's a gold rush of investment into this industry and many countries are like you know what after the snowden revelations i've seen this technology i've seen what it can do why don't we have some in all these cases that we looked at how confident are you that it was pegasus you know was it us or there are remarkable number of abuse cases that we've encountered especially in mexico but also linked to saudi arabia
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and the u.a.e. and those lines drawn back to as. pegasus allows governments to extend the reach of their surveillance operations to any cell phone anywhere. since the spring of 2018 at least 3 saudi dissidents living in exile in canada in the u.k. were targeted with pegasus. we went to meet one of them. and living in london did you feel like you were beyond the reach of saudi arabia you are now safe i don't think anybody's safe complain about. it's safe to be in saudi arabia. siri runs a saudi human rights organisation from london where he's lived in exile since 2014 q tell me why electronic communications are so important for what you do there's no independent and says. inside the country so nobody comments that violation inside
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the country people working with the government in the courts in their presence look forward to information to us from all the cell phones through the internet. what kind of risk that they take to get you that information. they have been tortured. ill treated and pastes for sexual harassment just because they contacted myself. and i got into also because they told the warts violations of the country of thoughts as came from sort of fairness of their more pockets. the information assyria collects from inside the country after makes it into international news he sometimes worked with the slain saudi journalist jamal khashoggi.
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to see. if he wants to write an article sometimes he asked me i've often said just chance or asked about some of. the 2 of them spoke to each other over encrypted chat apps in their final exchange just days before his murder at the saudi consulate in turkey in 2018. proposed that they should try to pressure chrome prince mohammed bin some on to release political prisoners and he said that his message maybe you will feel it is silly or useless but please let's we try. public his conscience. is not the enemy for anyone who was trying to get through far. there's really newspaper ha'aretz reported that the saudis paid $55000000.00 for pegasus in july. 2017 just before crown prince mohammed bin so mon began to purges
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opponents. since then more than 500 people have been detained and a new terror law made insults to the crown an offense in a so denies this technology was used to target and refuses to divulge to their clients are. in the so says the pegasus can only be used against high level criminals like cartel members terrorists human traffickers and if it's used otherwise it can be shut off at the source how do you reconcile that what you know so that even when they are talking to talk about the freedom of speech criticizing the king. criticizing the very justice this is. if we are trying to push the government to allow women to drive a car he's talked so that's how do you. agree.
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to fight our freedom. fighter. in a so group was started almost a decade ago by 2 israeli tech entrepreneurs shell of julio and only living. there one of many successful companies in the past growing $12000000000.00 mobile surveillance industry. today the company is worth almost a $1000000000.00 but despite the negative press. we asked in a so group about the process they used to vet their customers. they said that they have an ethics committee that's empowered to block sells to potential customers without regard to commercial interests. they also say that committee turned down more than $150000000.00 in cells in the last 3 years. in a so was recently asked about their practices by the us show 60 minutes can you.
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you say that you won't and haven't sold pegasus to a country that is known to violate human rights and imprison journalists and go after activists i only say that we are setting. in order to prevent crime until. there's currently no evidence that in the so group has license pegasus to the us government but it appears to be interested in doing so. it's american base subsidiary has registered as a federal contractor a crucial step to doing business with the us. and according to the vice report and co-founder only libby demonstrated the company's technology to the drug enforcement administration in 2015 and. it is so group declined our repeated request for an on camera interview so we went to only levy's home outside of manhattan. near the owner's home.
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over we ask you a few questions. i am a journalist with al-jazeera josh rushing also called we ask you to your questions now when i guess they move from your. private property so i would have to. go just one state like why do you continue to sell the governments that use pegasus to target human rights activists and journalists. say go away or call the police. how is it is so responded to your research and i so continues to. call our reporting into question call our evidence based data driven reporting into question but never bringing data or evidence to the table themselves and so the evidence stands for itself. with you they've actually gone a little bit beyond the keyboard right where we don't know who is behind this but
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we do know that my colleague and myself were both approached by individuals under false pretenses we felt that that indicated that they were thinking well we're going to have these people maybe we can make this problem. in january scott realtor was contacted by someone claiming to be a french businessman interested in this work and invited him to meet in new york city. and. it was only because we were so ready for summer it had to happen that we were able to like deploy and do this operation. suspecting it was a set up it's got real tim prepared a sting of his own then i think he controlled the operational environment so i had to make a determination of where he was most likely to sit me and he would go to dinner with the operative i'm a corner i have to come in looking like the most wide eyed ph d. student i think the end of it to reporters with the associated press to come in
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asking questions the 1st hour is just seems like a normal conversation and like finally right at our one the yellow cards come out now he's asking about like citizen lab in the red cards it's like our unity semite he was interested in i think 2 things 1st he wanted to get me to say things that would make citizen lab and myself appear to be less credible maybe even racist which is pretty distasteful and 2nd he wanted to talk to me about our work on this over and specifically in us over that's right. now when we got the a.p. guy to come up such an extreme i think just to try. to. excuse me i don't think he will actually if you want because my critique when it's this if you. company this morning and you know it's very strange she says
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it doesn't. do what you want are you going to do. this is this was the only because we had to face plastered everywhere that he was and if i had i don't think that they're accustomed to or find out that. your issue is. that. you don't want the new york times later confirmed that the man was an operative for his really private security company called black q if you know for sure. in a so denies it's in to black cube operative to target scott real to put on the issue here is not about whether or not the industry should exist the issue is here's an industry and whatever we scratch and whatever other investigator scratch we find abuses something's clearly wrong with the business model and the business as usual of this industry and that's what we're here to talk about. you can't see
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it. but there are wars being fought in cyberspace. the weapons are getting more sophisticated and easier to use. unlike conventional or nuclear weapons there's currently no international framework governing the use of cyber weapons. the targeting of these high risk people should be understood as canaries and the digital coal mine were sort of in the early days for the proliferation of this kind of technology and when this technology goes to a place where there's not good oversight the temptation is clearly overwhelming to use it in ways that extend beyond crime fighting is it a case of the law just hasn't caught up with this technology. i mean you know our society has really caught up with i don't know if you like. do you like in the soaker or profiting in the early on reg you. they did years of this new battlefield . and their clients were able to wield the surveillance weapons with impunity
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there's a layer of envision of privacy that happens when the actual invasion takes place. but it's a whole nother kettle of fish when you discover that you've been violated in this way. this exposure of your personal world doesn't just stop at you it extends out to people you care about who trusted you and it makes you toxic. just like you're knocking me not. to get up and sad and press time for some ask a time now but only. because some communities. in account are saying yeah this decade has done their bit is that all coriander he said in a custody battle i can see it. and her husband gavin worsley when 4 teenagers broke down the back the teenagers
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described as being of african appearance still on the run the full of this happened i wasn't scared out of black people or people of color or. whatever to focus on african gang crime began in march 26th jane when violence broke out at the moon the festival at federation square in the center of melbourne to gird so that of african young people coming together and no one there was a fort bragg at every kind by rolling bowling feel like some of it was because the place before i mean all of them we started chasing they just tables and that crowd all narrative in the media at the top and a lot of political pressure on this people to commit crime interesting the race holy month gets blamed for the actions of the few. people have to face i thought have to feel saif side there's a lot of perception issues i think that. to deal with this well i name a law that i was born in the same year as his one voice i feel as though the state
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is my mother should be a cause of celebration for some a catastrophe for others as. they put my sons in jail so every day i feel disgust for a few twice over al-jazeera tells the stories of palestinian and israeli women born in the same year but on opposite sides of this divide born in 48 on al-jazeera world. we discriminate against brilliance we won't any more. the u.s. president proposes an immigration overhaul which would favor skilled english speakers.
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imo this year with al-jazeera live from also coming up the field say of murdered saudi journalist jamal khashoggi warns us ideals are at stake if it doesn't do more to bring his killers to justice. the saudi immorality led coalition in yemen says it will investigate an airstrike in sanaa that killed 6 civilians. air conditioned comfort influenced by traditional arabian downs catalog which is the 1st stadium specifically built for the 2022 world cup. u.s. president donald trump wants to overhaul the country's immigration system to bring in more young educated english speaking people he says the way it works currently is this functional and unfairly favors those who've already got relatives living in the u.s. about his plan has little hope of being approved by congress castro now reports
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from washington. in. the face of immigration to the u.s. would look very different under the new white house plan more affluent more educated and most likely more white make no mistake this plan would have a devastating effect on millions of people around the world who like me have dreams of coming to this land of opportunity every doctor our plan will transform america's immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world. the plan president trump introduced thursday would rank would be immigrants by english proficiency employment salary level and age those rank higher would have priority to become u.s. residents meanwhile the existing system of allowing immigrants to sponsor family
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members would be cut in half currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here on the basis of random chance their admitted soley because they have a relative. in the united states and it doesn't really matter who that relative is the plan has little chance of passing congress democrats and moderate republicans there have said they want to extend legal protections to young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children. trump took away those protections when he took office his new plan makes no mention of fixing their status at the end of the day this is the only place a lot of us call home and the only place that we can drive it becomes the person that our parents always dreamed of us becoming pro immigration advocates joined a democratic leaders one built a replica of the statue of liberty here in washington it's a protest of the administration's plan which also seeks to ruminate the diversity
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visa and overhaul of the asylum system at the us mexico border a record number of central american families seeking asylum in the u.s. has strained the immigration system a republican bill in congress backed by the president would allow families with children to be detained for up to $100.00 days the white house says it's the only way to tackle illegal immigration and is calling for priority sections of the border wall to be built democrats in congress have refused to build the wall and say trump's newest immigration plan gives them no reason to support it. castro al-jazeera washington the u.s. state department has been accused of disproportionately focusing on iran and its recent report on how countries that complying with arms controls democrats have written to the secretary of state raising concerns about the way they say
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intelligence is being politicized as eco hain has more the top democrats when it comes to foreign policy in the u.s. house of representatives are unhappy with a new report from the state department that takes a look at iran basically they're saying that this report leaves out a lot of information where used to be dozens and dozens of unclassified pages now it's simply 12 and that some previously unclassified information has been moved a classified section there demanding answers from the state department they're arguing that they are politicizing intelligence to try and make people take a tougher stance on iran at the same time the president of the united states donald trump is sending the message that he doesn't want to see conflict with the rat he was asked by a reporter are we going to war with the red and he said i hope not and there have been reports in prominent newspapers that he has grown unhappy with his national security advisor john bolton he is a well known around hawk the president sending signals that and in the press that
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he doesn't want the conflict with iran to escalate the film say. there's jamal khashoggi says she can't understand why the u.s. and the world doing more to bring these killers to justice had to. address a congressional hearing in washington she was with the the day he was murdered inside saudi arabia's in stamboul consulate last october mike hanna reports and in a deeply divided congress this is one issue that receives bipartisan support democrat and republican members expressing dismay at attacks on journalists around the world . and strong criticism of a president who stands accused of encouraging or empowering such attacks president donald trump has fought to do huge amounts the work of news organizations has failed to criticize repressive regimes and has praised leaders who crush dissent under close scrutiny the murder of jamal khashoggi and testimony from his fiance is
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deeply saddened at visiting his hometown of washington. i could us it. he said the reason jamal moved to the united states was because there were other people like him in prisons in saudi arabia who could not was their own opinions and he felt responsible for them and he said in the united states i can be their voice if we cannot bring him back maybe at least we can help free those people and other prisoners of. support from committee members written testimony really is a love letter to your. fiance i hope that what you hear today does not sound like empty words needs to be accountability for your fiance john mark karr show she's murdered his loved ones deserve justice and we lawmakers have an obligation to push for their justice despite pressure from congress president trump insists the matter is closed resisting attempts to hold any saudi leader responsible
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a stark statistic presented to the committee in 9 out of 10 cases of journalists killed while doing their jobs no body or person has been held accountable. jamal khashoggi remains part of what in the eyes of his fiance and this committee is a horrific reality michael. washington the saudi emirate he led coalition in yemen says it will investigate what it calls the possibility of an accidental airstrike on the capital sanaa the coalition insists it was targeting who theme military positions but residential neighborhoods were also bombed at least 6 civilians all from one family were killed 2 russian citizens were among those injured are reports. for the saudi u.a.e. coalition in yemen the series of strikes was a successful operation targeting the military installations in the capital sanaa
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but these pictures depict another reality residents say the attacks targeted barely civilian areas and that an entire family was buried under the rubble. and it is very clear that what happened this morning here in sanaa i was a response to that through the whole thing there on attacks on the on the oil facilities in riyadh it is a very clear but unfortunately it was. blind completely blind. because it is only in killing women and children in there is it until area the escalation comes a few days after the her theists attacked an oil pipeline near the saudi capital riyadh using 7 drones. it's the most daring military operation by the her theories since the start of the war 4 years ago and
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a sign of their growing military capabilities the saudi u.a.e. coalition remains adamant its its military campaign in yemen will continue until the military installations are destroyed thanks these are the fighters of the moment they opened fire on what they say was assad road they remain defiant despite the prolonged conflict rather auxiliary she will repair the drone and will hopefully flight once again over saudi arabia israel and the u.s. . on the ground generated by a healthy withdrawal from the border city of her data is fading there's fighting on the ask us of the city raising concerns of a deepening humanitarian crisis how did aboard the main entry point for food imports and aid is a lifeline for millions of yemenis frightened by starvation. in the solve
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there's more fighting in the city of by government troops backed by the saudis are struggling to push back. no more no you u.n. envoy martin griffiths has warned the united nations security council the recent ask elation might damage if gyal peace deal. with the taiwan's parliament is due to those on a bill that could turn it into the 1st place in asia where same sex marriage. it is legal if possible to give same sex couples similar protections afforded to other couples it follows a years long debate over marriage equality the vote is taking place on the international day against homophobia transphobia and by faith there are meanwhile outside the parliament building in taipei thousands braving the rain to show their support for the bill is here of marriage equality is deeply divided with religious
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and conservative groups among its most vocal opponents. the venezuelan government has been holding talks with opposition members in the way both parties were invited for discussions to end the 5 month political crisis on wednesday a military blockade tried to prevent the opposition leader do from entering their national parliaments but he defied it why did his downplay the importance of the talks in norway. are. there are some invoices to norway on tuesday and i say it again now and i've also said it to the point of exhaustion we are not going to lend ourselves to any kind of false negotiation. and the activists against us intervention in venezuela have been evicted from the venezuelan embassy in washington d. c. 4 of them are arrested on thursday a month after.

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